How are your products priced?
Pricing is strongly dependent upon the complexity, size and materials of a given project. You can follow these guidelines to get a general figure for the cost of an item.
Knives: approximately $40 dollars per inch, measured from the overall length of the knife.
Steel Strikers, and Smaller Forged Items: approximately $25 per inch, measured from the overall length of the piece.
Leather Pouches: approximately $6 dollars per square inch, measured from the overall length and width.
Leather Bags/Packs: approximately $3 dollars per square inch, measured from the overall length and width.
How do I order a custom piece?
If you are genuinely interested in having a piece made, you can get put on a waiting list. Here's how you do it.
Step 1: Select the product you're interested in requesting.
Step 2: Click the "REQUEST A CUSTOM ORDER" button to add the item to your shopping cart.
Step 3: Go to checkout. Enter your contact details and any specifics regarding your request.
Step 4: Click the "PUT ME ON THE WAITING LIST" button. You will be contacted directly regarding your request.
The item will show approximate price and put you on a waiting list. You will be contacted to discuss specifics on your order. When your request is done, you will receive a confirmation email including pictures. No upfront payment is necessary and you are not obligated to purchase the finished piece. The reason why I can offer this “no commitment” arrangement is because I reserve the right to interpret the design as I see fit.
How can I pay for my order?
Payments from North American customers are accepted online through PayPal, or by cheque/money order through the mail. All U.S. cheques must be payable outside the U.S.( Canada). Payment must clear my bank (or the PayPal site) before any items are shipped.
How do I purchase on this site?
Items listed as currently available can be purchased directly from the site. Here's how you do it.
Step 1: Select the product you're interested in requesting.
Step 2: Place mouse over shopping bag icon (Top right of screen).
Step 3: Click either "VIEW CART" or "PROCEED TO CHECKOUT".
Step 4: Enter your details and choose your method of Payment (Paypal, Certified Cheque or Money Order). Don't forget to agree to the Terms and Conditions by checking the checkbox.
A receipt will be emailed to you and you will be contacted when your order has shipped.
Important information for foreign customers.
Foreign customers are responsible to know any customs regulations and restrictions that may apply, and for any complications and/or expenses that may arise as a result of the governing laws pertaining to their orders.
Why are some items available and some only for order?
As a one man operation I am only able to produce knives one at a time. As I become inspired I will make pieces, these are the pieces you will see available on my site from time to time.
Individual product inquiries.
If you would like information about a specific product, please visit the product's detail page and ask your question under the Product Inquiries tab. This let's me know exactly which item you're interested in. Here's how you do it.
Step 1: Visit the Gallery and select the product.
Step 2: Scroll down until you see the product's description.
Step 3: Click the "Product Inquiries" tab and fill out the form.
I will be in touch with you shortly.
Care and Maintenance Tips
Wildertools products are built for the long haul. Carbon steel, leather and natural materials require some care but that TLC allows you to become more aware of your tools and conscious of your actions. Here's how you do it:
Steel: If not properly maintained, carbon steel is prone to rust. The solution is oil. My favourite is mineral oil as it protects the blade and is food safe. Tip: Try keeping a mineral oil saturated cloth in a ziploc bag.(It's also great for the skin.) You can purchase mineral oil at your local pharmacy. In a pinch use any oil to treat the blade from machine oil to canola. Clean your blade after each use and dry it completely. Environment and frequency of use will dictate how often you oil the blade. If you are noticing any rust, you must oil more frequently. If you intend to store your blade for any length of time be sure to give it a liberal coating of oil. That said, over time your carbon steel blade will naturally darken and form a patina which is a controlled oxidation that prevents rust. Each patina is different and adds to the uniqueness of your blade. Tip: Kitchen Knives - Carbon steel kitchen and food prep knives need to form a patina. During this process, you will notice dark marks on your potatoes/apples. This is only short term. Do not scour your blade, let the patina form. You can force a patina on your blade by coating it with a thin layer of mustard and letting it sit for an hour then gently washing and wiping the blade clean with a cloth. Personally I never oil my kitchen knives as they do not sit in a sheath and are constantly in use.
The edge:There are many ways to sharpen a knife. Use whatever method you are comfortable with.The final bevel of your Wildertools knife was set and honed by hand to convex micro bevel. I feel this edge allows the knife to stay sharp longer and I hope to have a video to share soon on how it's done. Tip:Remember a sharp knife is a safe knife.
Leather: Your Wildertools leather was most likely treated with beeswax. You may find a "haze" forming on the surface. Don't panic, it is natural for some of the wax to migrate out from the expansion and contraction due to environmental changes. In areas of extreme heat, the leather may look as if it is sweating. Tip: Simply, buff with a cloth or if needed use a hairdryer to heat up the wax and buff. Note: Sheaths are treated inside and out. You may find bits of wax stuck to your blade. "Those are free. You're welcome!"
Wrapped Handles: Your wrapped handle has been treated with marine grade epoxy and is impervious to the elements. After curing, I lightly sand the surface to raise the fiber. This gives the handle additional grip when it is wet. The drawback is that the handle may appear to look dried out at some points, especially after washing. Normally, the natural oils from your hand will take care of it but if you feel it is too unsightly rubbing in a dab of mineral oil or linseed oil will keep it looking new.
Wood Handles: Stabilized wood goes through a process where the wood is impregnated with chemicals under high pressure...I don't use that shit. Your wooden handle is all natural. It has been sealed with linseed/tung oil. With use the oil my need to be reapplied. Just do it. Again, vegetable oil will suffice.
I will be in touch with you shortly.